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FOOTBALL: City manager Ford says future could be orange!
Oxford City boss Mike Ford admits he may have to hold on to his lucky charm as his side look to stretch their unbeaten run to three matches away to Vauxhall Motors in Skrill North tomorrow.
Since Ford acquired a small orange ball, City have drawn 2-2 at leaders Altrincham before a late deflected goal robbed them of 1-0 win at home to fourth-placed Boston United on Tuesday.
“I found an orange ball – like a stress-ball last week, which I’ve been walking round with in my pocket, ” said Ford.
“But it has brought us two positive results, so I might hang on to it. Having said that, if we lose I’ll probably throw it out the window on the way home.”
Ford felt they deserved more against the Lincolnshire side.
“I thought we were the better team for an hour,” added Ford.
“It was what I call a proper Conference performance. We defended well and passed it well.
“In the 92nd minute Tom (Winters) has got us a goal and on 96 minutes the ref has awarded them a soft free-kick which has been deflected into the bottom corner.”
Ford added: “It’s now the fourth time it has happened this season.
“That’s four goals that have costs us seven points. If that hadn’t happened we’d be on 11 points. “But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to show the same resolve and have belief that we will turn the corner.
“Taking points off Altrincham and Boston gives us some heart.
“We’re not a million miles away, but we can’t get sloppy because we haven’t cracked it yet.”
City are without Liam Malone (unavailable) while Andy Ballard (knee) faces a late fitness test.
Tomorrow’s squad Oxford City (v Vauxhall Motors, away): Francoz, Clifton, Stonehouse, Pond, Henderson, Willmott, Williams, Malone, Symons, McNish, Winters, Cook, Benjamin, Learoyd, Basham, Scott.
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